When it comes time to sell a home, it’s customary to do minor repairs and some deep cleaning to freshen up the property. Home staging takes home selling preparations one step further. The goal of home staging is not only to make your property attractive to buyers, but also to make it easier for buyers to imagine themselves living in your home.
Home staging is a must if you want to get top dollar for your property. You can hire a professional to do it for you, or go the DIY route. If you’re new to the concept, these five tips will give you a good start.
- Make the outside look as good as the inside
In preparing your home for the sale, don’t overlook the importance of curb appeal. How your property looks from the outside shapes buyers’ first impression of your home – and if a buyer doesn’t like what they see the first time
around, they just might lose interest in your home altogether. You don’t have to spend on expensive landscaping to give your home’s exterior a boost – simply make sure everything looks tidy and well-kept. Trim the grass and hedges, prune the trees, and check if the gate and fences are in good condition. Give your outside walls a good scrubbing, and perhaps, a fresh coat of paint. Adding potted plants and simple stonework can also do wonders in freshening up your front yard.
- Spruce up the bathroom as much as you can
Before you start hosting open houses and giving tours of your home, pay special attention to the state of your bathroom. It’s not just a matter of cleaning it up. Replacing fixtures like faucets, shower heads, and cabinet door handles helps bring a sense of newness to one of the most important rooms in the house. Simple improvements, such as installing new mirrors, replacing worn and broken tiles, and changing cabinet doors, can go a long way to wowing potential buyers.
- De-clutter rooms
Make it easy for buyers to picture themselves living in your home by decluttering all rooms. Keep personal belongings, such as photographs and memorabilia, out of sight, and replace them with neutral décor and artworks. Hide small appliances and make sure your kitchen and bathroom counters have as little clutter as possible. This will help buyers imagine what they cando with space.
- Upgrade the storage spaces
Ample storage space is something that most buyersare looking for. Showing off your closets as a selling point is something an experienced real estate agent will suggest to you, but you can take things further by installing some shelves to increase their utility. By providing more storage options, you’re essentially “increasing” the size of the home without having to actually expand the space.
- Let the sun inside
You’ll want to show off how well the rooms are illuminated by natural light. Whenever you’re offering a tour or holding an open house, it’s good practice to pull up the blinds, throw back the curtains, and show off what how your windows lighten up a room. Natural lighting also makes a room feel spacious and airy. If a space is not getting enough sunlight, consider adding ambient artificiallighting.